Ducati has today unveiled its 2023 range of Scrambler retro naked bikes which consists of three variants, Icon, Full Throttle and Nightshift, which will go on sale in Australia in the fourth quarter of next year.
The entry-level Ducati Scrambler Icon checks in from $15,895 plus on-road costs (around $18,000 rideaway), while the Full Throttle and Nightshift are both available from $17,995.
Notably, this week’s Ducati Scrambler reveal event did not feature a new Desert Sled, the most off-road capable of the Scrambler family. INFO MOTO has asked Ducati to clarify the Desert Sled’s position moving forward and will update this story accordingly.
For 2023, the three-bike Ducati Scrambler range carries over the brand’s 803cc L-twin generating 54kW and 68Nm, though it now benefits from a lighter eight-disc clutch and a weight saving of “about 2.5 kilograms”, according to a press release.
A revised trellis frame, swingarm and newly-designed 18-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels have resulted in further weight savings, with the latest range down approximately four kilograms compared to its predecessor.
The 2023 range also sees lean-angle sensitive traction control and cornering ABS for the first time, toggled via two rider modes: Road and Wet. An up/down quickshifter is standard on the range-topping Full Throttle, and available as an option on the Icon and Nightshift.
The Scrambler variants can be distinguished by varying styling and ergonomics, with the base Icon now equipped with new handlebars that sit lower and closer to the rider. The seat has also been redesigned, and Ducati will offer a handful of new colour schemes and exterior customisation accessories.
The Full Throttle is the sportiest looking of the three-bike range as it takes inspiration from flat-track racers with a bash plate, black-finish exhaust shield, a shorter front guard and deleted rear guard, red highlights on the wheels, a Termignoni exhaust and LED indicators.
Finally, the Nightshift adopts a ‘cafe-racer’ style with a dark leather saddle, glossy and matte colours, wire-spoked wheels, flat handlebars and bar-end mirrors.
The Ducati Scrambler range sits below the larger-capacity Scrambler 1100 line-up, which is available in three variants: Tribute Pro, Dark Pro and Sport Pro.
Motivating the Scrambler 1100 range is a 1079cc L-twin motor borrowed from the previous Monster naked bike, which in this case is tuned to produce 63kW and 88Nm.
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